26th June 2006
The Sun apologises for Ashley Cole “gay orgy” stories
12:00 AM — A second newspaper has apologised regarding reports wrongly claiming England and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole and Choice FM's DJ Mastertepz were involved in a gay orgy.The Sun echoed its sister paper, The News of the World, with a retraction today after publishing a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party was named.
Gay community sceptical about Cameron’s Bill of Rights 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has reacted with scepticism towards David Cameron's idea of a British Bill of Rights.The leader of the Conservative Party said in a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies, that the current Human Rights Act did not adequately help fight terrorism or crime.He claimed a British Bill of Rights would better reflect rights and responsibilities of UK citizens.
25th June 2006
Ashley Cole receives damages for gay orgy slur 3
12:00 AM — England and Arsenal player Ashley Cole has received an apology and damages following a series of newspaper articles that wrongly claimed him to have been involved in a gay orgy.The News of the World and the Sun published a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party were named.
23rd June 2006
Over six thousand gay couples in partnerships
12:00 AM — Gay couples in England and Wales has formed over six thousand civil partnerships since legislation came into place last December.The figures released by the General Register Office today show that out of 6,516 same sex unions, 4311 gay couples and 2,205 lesbian couples registered their partnerships between December 21 2005 and March 31 2006.
Gay child abuse couple jailed 3
12:00 AM — A gay foster couple have been sentenced to a combined 11 years in jail for sexually abusing young boys in their care.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were found guilty of taking advantage of children as young as eight, put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, at Leeds Crown Court last month.
‘Police can’t stop cruising’ residents told
12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police claim to be powerless in their battle to halt the growing popularity of gay cruising and straight dogging in a spot noted for its natural beauty.Scratchwood Open Space is near Borehamwood in Hertfordshire but is owned by Barnet Council. In the past three years, the site has seen its popularity grow for both straights and gays to meet for anonymous sex.
22nd June 2006
Straight MP sues Putin for gay rights
12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner in Russia is planning to sue President Vladimir Putin for failing to protect homosexuals.Edward Murzin, an MP in the country's Bashkortostan Republican, is urging Mr Putin to clamp down on homophobia in the country.Mr Murzin said in his case that all citizens should have constitutional rights protected including sexual minorities.
South Korea approves trans recognition 1
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a transsexual can legally change his gender to male.The court decreed that the 51-year-old could have his gender recognised on official documents.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.
21st June 2006
South Korea to decide on trans identity
12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is set to decide if a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to officially change his gender this week.The court heard opinions from religious leaders and medical professionals over the issue which would change the law regarding the Family Register.
Latvian President backs gay protection 2
12:00 AM — The President of Latvia has called for the gay community to be included in anti discrimination laws, just a week after the country's Parliament rejected such legislation.Vaira Vike Freiberga vetoed the decision and wrote to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, saying she saw a "logical reason" to include gay people in the law.
20th June 2006
No problem with gay marriage in Canada 1
12:00 AM — Support for readdressing laws opening marriage to same sex couples has fallen, a survey suggests.Canadians for Equal Marriage released a poll conducted by Environics Research Group asking whether people support equal marriage and whether the Conservative government should re-open the issue and have another vote or whether the issue is settled and there should not be another vote.
19th June 2006
Gay legal group challenges foster laws 1
12:00 AM — A seven-year legal battle over the blanket exclusion of lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents in Arkansas drew closer to an outcome this past week as attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the State Supreme Court to uphold an earlier court decision striking down the state's ban."Every mainstream child welfare organisation has been saying for years that preventing lesbian and gay people from serving as foster parents has no basis in social science and only hurts the children the state should be protecting," said Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas. "Children who need foster homes deserve better than to be deprived of good homes just so the state can make a misguided political statement against gay people."
Gay group protects LGBT prisoners
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced a $625,000 dollar settlement in the first case in the country to specifically address the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in juvenile facilities.The settlement ends an ACLU federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three young people who faced anti-gay and anti-transgender abuse and harassment at the facility by staff and their peers.
16th June 2006
New York considers opposition to army gay policy
12:00 AM — The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) is applauding the recent New York state resolution calling for the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.The resolution, introduced by New York State Senator Thomas Duane, calls on New York's Congressional Delegation to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Gay barman murderers await sentence 2
12:00 AM — Two men who pleaded guilty last month to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common, face a minimum of 30 years in prison when they are sentenced later today.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.
Pair get life for gay barman murder 3
12:00 AM — Two men who kicked, punched and stamped a 24-year-old man to death because he was gay have been sentenced to life at the Old Bailey today.Thomas Pickford, 26, unemployed, of no fixed address and Scott Walker, 33, a decorator from the Clapham area, pleaded guilty last month to the murder of Jody Dobrowski.
Jody’s family calls for end to homophobia 3
12:00 AM — The family of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski have called the killing of their son an "act of terrorism."Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.
15th June 2006
Canadian gay marriage campaigns begin 1
12:00 AM — Protest groups have today begun their campaigns on the issue of gay marriage.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free vote on the law last week scheduled for this Autumn.Anti gay marriage group Man and Woman Union gathered today to raise awareness of the vote, Warren Booth, organiser of the organisation, told the CanWest news agency, "I know MPs make their break soon for a couple of months, but we want to leave them with a thought before they take off for their vacation."
Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5
12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.
Australian Senate rejects gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Australian Capital Territory (ACT)leader John Stanhope has accused coalition senators of "shamefully and explicitly" endorsing second-class citizenship after failing to protect the Civil Unions Bill in the Senate, the remaining hope for the legislation to be passed.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage, but the Federal Government quashed the law last week.